Hill of Banchory

Working together to prepare today’s children for the challenges of tomorrow.

February 20, 2019
by Mrs Peter

Stay and Play

We were delighted to welcome Parents and Carers this week to come into Nursery and join in our play. We shared new ideas from emerging literacy training and hope to develop further parental involvement through our improvement plan ideas.

We can make our fingers strong through fun with pipettes and pipe cleaners through straws.

Making raindrops using spray bottles on a cling film pillar

We enjoy showing all our maths, literacy and creative skills to our families.

All sorts of our learning through playing with technology were on show including yoga on the smart board and our new ipads.

Always time for a story

Thank you to everyone who came along and for joining us in play, also to our siblings who were so keen to see what we do in Nursery.

February 20, 2019
by Mrs Fox

p3F Visit to Banchory Library, Musem and Survey


Listening when we heard a story about a castle and when we asked our questions.

Reading out our questions.

Discussed the world of work when we spoke about the jobs people did in castles.

Data handling using tally marks.

Wonderful walking.

Observation and remembering in the museum.

Thank you to the people of Banchory, the Library and the Museum.

We had a fantastic fun filled learning day.

February 15, 2019
by Mrs Hislop

P4H – Science Centre Visit

Last Monday we visited Aberdeen Science Centre, where we got to “Feel the Forces”. We carried out experiments exploring gravity, air resistance, static energy and magnetism.
Everyone enjoyed exploring the different exhibits that were on offer!

February 7, 2019
by Mrs Fox

P3F and P5/6 Sharing their Learning

Pupils from P5/6 shared their information technology skills with P3F. The children worked together to create the front cover of a leaflet. They opened a document, choose and inserted an image, changed the font size and how to save.


February 6, 2019
by Mrs Rough

Gymnastics with Mr Witt

Wow, Mrs Rough was very impressed when she visited P6R during their PE lesson with Mr Witt.  There was great focus, superb listening and lots of children challenging themselves and learning new skills during their gymnastics lesson.

Well done P6R.


February 6, 2019
by Mrs Jen Stephen

Primary 5~ Safer Internet Day

This week as part of ‘Safer Internet Day’ yesterday, Primary 5 have been thinking about different ways in which we can stay safe online. We have explored the top tips we can use to make a positive change online to help keep us and our friends safe.

These include:

  • Be the change- you can make a difference!
  • Be sensible
  • Be careful
  • Be aware
  • Be safe

We watched some videos about cyber bullying and discussed different scenarios and what we should do if they ever happen. Mrs Stephen was very impressed with how engaged the class were and with their thoughtful contributions during our discussions.

Here is a summary of some of the things we have learnt this afternoon:

“Don’t ever share any personal information”- Jack

“Don’t share any photos of someone else because they might not like it”- James M

“Never open an email or message from someone you don’t know because it might be a nasty virus”- Olivia

“Don’t accept any friend requests from people you don’t know”- Matthew

“Ask a parent/ adult if you’re ever unsure about what to do online”- Daniel

“When someone is cyber bullying you or a friend tell an adult straight away”- Jamie A

“Don’t respond to cyber bullies”- Ruaridh

“You shouldn’t ever meet up with anyone that you only know from being online because they might not be who they say they are”- Isla

“Don’t use an easy password and change it regularly. Also don’t share it with anyone”- Ralph

We have made our own internet safety posters to promote how we can stay safe when we are using the wonderful world wide web!


‘I am developing my knowledge and use of safe and acceptable conduct as I use different technologies to interact and share experiences, ideas and information with others.’ TCH2-08a

February 6, 2019
by Mrs Reid

Chinese New Year

Happy New Year!

Primary 1 have been learning about how Chinese people celebrate New Year. We watched some clips about how people celebrate and saw how a carnival dragon could dance. We watched a power point about how the years were named after some animals won a race. 2019 is the year of the pig. When our class was born was the year of the snake.

Putting the animals in order.

Writing stories.

Designing dragon masks.

Re-enacting the story.

Drawing some of the animals.

Writing some Chinese numbers.

Making Chinese lanterns.

February 5, 2019
by Mrs Peter

Chinese New Year

The children have explored the fascinating details of the Chinese culture through celebrations to mark Chinese New Year. We watched a short film about this important time in China and went on to create an interest table and this has attracted lots of interaction.

Izzy and Isla wanted to tell everyone “ 2019, it is the year of the Pig “ so they copied the words to make a sign for the table.


The craft tables were also inundated with children keen to be involved in making well known Chinese celebratory items including lanterns and dancing dragons.

We created our lanterns by practicing our scissor control on folded paper.

Our dancing dragons needed strong fingers to make small folds backwards and forwards in strips of paper to create the bending body and more scissor control to cut out colourful head shapes.

Chinese families take part in lots of feasts to celebrate, so for our snack we had lots of fun substituting tweezers for chopsticks to pick up noodles and prawn crackers. Great finger exercises!!

“ Happy New Year” for 2019, Year of the pig 🐖




February 5, 2019
by Mrs Fox

P3F Poetry Patrol

This term we have been learning all about poetry through the Poetry Patrol Pack.

We have written about animals. We wrote acrostic, sense and riddle poems. We each choose our favourite poem from the poems we had written. We completed the entry form and sent them to the Poetry Patrol.

We enjoyed reading our poems to each other.

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